A Free Initial Consultation. Every prospective client is entitled to a free initial consultation with someone from our firm without any kind of charge or obligation. During this free consultation, we will gather facts from which we can make an initial assessment of your case. Based on this assessment, we may agree to represent you, or we may refer you to other competent counsel if we have a professional conflict of interest or if you have a case that we do not customarily handle. It is also possible that we might advise you that your harm is not compensable or that based on our assessment, your chances of recovery are slim.
A Contingent Fee Agreement. This is an arrangement whereby the client will not have to pay any attorneys' fees, unless there is a recovery by settlement or verdict from the defendant(s). In other words, you "Don't Pay Until You Win". In fact, we receive payment for our services - only after we recover money for you. Under this kind of agreement, we receive compensation for our work on a case based on a percentage of the total recovery. The amount you would have to pay as a client would be equal to a specified percentage of your total recovery, consistent with applicable law and regulations.
Court Costs and Expert's Fees. Costs customarily are payable at the conclusion of your case, and are separate and distinct from our attorneys' fees. These are costs we must pay to file cases, serve defendants with notice, take other actions involving the courts, and hire appropriate experts.
When do I need a lawyer?
Many people believe they need an attorney's services only to solve a problem or to get out of a difficult situation. Often the best time to see an attorney is not when you are in legal trouble but before that trouble occurs. Preventive law is one of the most valuable services that a lawyer can perform. By eliminating potential problems, preventive law can save you time, money, and needless worry.
Can I handle my own legal problems?
Yes. You have the right to represent yourself in court or to handle your own legal matters. There are also "kits" and "forms" which some people use for such matters as getting a divorce or making a will. Judges and court personnel are not allowed to give you any legal advice as your case proceeds.
Attorneys are trained to provide professional legal assistance to you and to be aware of all court procedures, filing requirements, deadlines, and other details that a layman could easily overlook. Attorneys may, as example, find issues in your case that could result in the suppression of evidence based on case law (e.g. State v. Newer; State v. Rodriguez). Attorneys also negotiate with the prosecutor to try to get the best possible result, or, if necessary, proceed to a jury trial.
Should I have a lawyer with me in court?
It is advisable to speak with a lawyer and have him/her with you when you appear in court. The judge must inform you of the charge against you and of your right to have a lawyer if you do not have one. The judge must allow you a reasonable time to send for a lawyer, even to the point of postponing the hearing so that you can get one.
Can I be released on bail?
Bail is the posting of security to ensure your appearance in court. The amount of bail is determined by the court but in most cases you may be released without bail on your own signed promise to appear in court.
Do I have to answer any questions?
It is your right under the Constitution of the United States to refuse to answer any questions or sign any statements concerning the crime. You are entitled to the aid and advice of a lawyer at all times, which includes a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney. If you make any statements to the police you give up those valuable constitutional rights and any information which you provide to the police, either oral or written will be used against you in a court of law.
An admission of guilt is a confession, and will be admissible as evidence in a trial and may produce a conviction the same as if it were written and signed.
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